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Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich

Steven Soderbergh (2000)

125min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
This has little of the flair we've come to expect from Steven Soderbergh, the Oscar-winning director of Traffic, and it does resemble a standard "issue of the week" TV movie. Yet this drama's ace in the hole is Soderbergh's fellow Oscar winner (for best actress) Julia Roberts, who earns every cent of her $20-million salary in a sensationally showy role as the spirited heroine. A twice-divorced mother of three, Brockovich lands a job in the office of a small-time lawyer (Albert Finney), and there she stumbles across some misplaced medical records while filing real estate documents. Intrigued, she investigates, eventually uncovering evidence that a power company has wrecked the health of a local community with contaminated water. Based on a true story, Soderbergh's emotionally rich drama is compulsive viewing, thanks not only to Roberts's throat-grabbing performance, but also to Finney's lovable turn as the minor-league attorney who's well out of his depth and a perfectly pitched script by Susannah Grant. While the film is too long, it remains compelling throughout.

Summary

A single mother desperate for work pleads her way into a routine administrative job at a law firm. It is not long before she stumbles across mislaid documents about a case brought against a corporation for poisoning the residents of a small town by contaminating their water supply. Realising something is amiss, she begins her own investigation. Fact-based drama, with Julia Roberts in an Oscar-winning role, alongside Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart.

Cast & Crew

Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts
Ed Masry Albert Finney
George Aaron Eckhart
Donna Jensen Marg Helgenberger
Pamela Duncan Cherry Jones
Kurt Potter Peter Coyote
Matthew Scotty Leavenworth
Katie Gemmenne De La Peña
Waitress Erin Brockovich-Ellis
Director Steven Soderbergh
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia TriStar Guidance: Swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 7 Apr 2000

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